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GUAC ROCK 2012!

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GUAC ROCK 2012!

Moon Hooch

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North Highlands

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Dan Piccoli Trio

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Aboard The Jewel

Monday, July 16, 2012

Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel

Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm
E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr. Maps & Directions

Advance: $20 / Day of Show: $25

This event is 21+

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GUAC ROCK 2012!

Nachos NY's Guac Rock is back for its third year aboard the Jewel with 3 bands and a lot of guacamole. This years acts include Moon Hooch, North Highlands and the Dan Piccoli Trio, guacamoles from winners of Nachos NY's Guactacular, and beers lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

Moon Hooch
Moon Hooch

The three began busking in the subway and in the city’s parks. At the same time, Wenzl was producing House music and writing House for saxophone. When the guys played this music in the subway, people immediately began dancing.

Since solidifying as a band, Moon Hooch has quickly gained a reputation for inciting “subway raves” (they were banned from performing at the Bedford Ave stop off the L line in Brooklyn for “starting too many dance parties”), their strange instrumentation and explosive live show. Their frequent presence in New York City subways and parks has brought them notice and fans which has led to appearances as the house band on Australian TV show “Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year,” and a national tour with Mike Doughty (Doughty saw them on a train platform and immediately invited to tour as his supporting act). They are now at the midpoint of a six month residency at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, having sold-out all shows to date.

North Highlands
North Highlands

North Highlands formed in Brooklyn in the early summer of 2009. The group originally followed the vision of singer and principle songwriter Brenda Malvini. Her shy demeanor and exclusive dedication to bedroom sets for audiences of her closest friends kept her relatively unknown until friend and DIY promoter Ric Leichtung declared that he had booked her a show in little over a month. With five short weeks, in the midst of the lazy sun and the honking of taco trucks, Malvini collected a small group of musician friends to help give life to her sketches. What ensued in the weeks to follow took on a life of its own, eventually becoming North Highlands.

Though North Highlands hails from Brooklyn, their music is most easily placed among the baroque and americana indie folk of the Mid and Northwestern states. Though at the heart of the music is Brenda’s swooning vocals and minimalist piano composition, the music is an amalgam of the each members’ unique stylistic approaches. Mike Barron’s guitar, though hinting of the twang of indie folk tradition, most closely compares to the methodical and explosive playing found in post rock. Jasper Berg and Andy Kasperbauer, on drums and bass respectively, mix traditional rock rhythms with those of South Africa and the West Indies. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Stewart adds perhaps the most important element to the music: his weeping violin and pulsing mandolin playing add the Baroque to North Highland’s music, giving the music on a whole the impression of chamber orchestra versus traditional rock quintet.

Sugar Lips, the bands debut EP, was released December 3rd, 2009, at Cake Shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Recorded in Jasper’s bedroom and a basement in the same summer heat the band formed in, the music evokes both playful whimsy and earnest fervor in its simple but beautiful pop landscapes. There is a caprice and tenacity to the songs that is rarely matched in indie music today; a soulfulness and honesty in live performance that convinces the audience that the songs they are hearing very well could be precipitating from the ether on the spot. Though the band’s first shows were played at DIY venues such as Bushwick’s Market Hotel, the band quickly set itself apart by its quietly complex musical arrangements and the strong melodic base created by Malvini’s voice. The timbre of her voice mixed with the other members’ rich backdrops creates a sound that is nearly impossible to ignore, and her strong but simple lyrics communicate a highly personalized storytelling that is rarely found in Brooklyn’s lo-fi, electro heavy music scene

Dan Piccoli Trio
Aboard The Jewel
Aboard The Jewel

This cruise is aboard THE JEWEL and will depart from Skyport Marina - East 23rd Street & FDR Drive (EAST side).

We will be boarding and departing at the times listed on your ticket and are not able to allow refunds if you miss the boat. So don't be late - it sure ain't pretty to be standin on the dock, watching the party sailing away!

There are cash bars on board so make sure to swing by the ATM on your way to the boat. There will be food available for purchase. All cruises are 3 hours unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions about the show or your purchase, please contact Sancho Dominguez at sancho@rocksoff.com or check out our FAQ page on www.rocksoff.com

Please note that all shows are 21 and over and ID will be required upon boarding the boat

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